James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, published his report on "The Situation of indigenous peoples in the United States of America". In his report he made 5 references to the Apology to Native Peoples that is buried in the 2010 Department of Defense Appropriations Act (H.R. 3326), including calling on President Obama and Congress to publicize and act on this apology.
On a funny side note, I was mentioned in the appendix (page 45) as the "Wooden Shoe People representative". LOL
The Special Rapporteur notes that the Government took a step that could
be one on a path toward reconciliation, when in 2010 Congress adopted a
resolution of apology to the indigenous peoples of the country,
following in the spirit of the apology previously issued to Native
Hawaiians (para. 65 above). Acknowledging widespread wrongdoing, the
Apology states: “The United States, acting through Congress … apologizes
on behalf of the people of the United States for the many instances
of violence, maltreatment and neglect inflicted on Native Peoples by
citizens of the United States [and] expresses its regret”. The apology
also “urges the President to acknowledge the wrongs of the United States
against Indian tribes in the history of the United States in order to
bring healing to this land. The full text of the apology bears reading.
However, strangely, the apology was buried deep in a defense
appropriations act, and apparently few indigenous people, much less the
public in general, were made aware of it.
Such an apology should not go unnoticed. Rather, it should be a point
of public awakening and mark a path toward reconciliation, a path for
concrete steps to address issues whose resolution is essential to
defeating disharmony, and a path toward more enlightened framing of
relations between indigenous peoples and the United States.
In following up to the
apology resolution adopted by Congress in 2010, which directs the
President to pursue reconciliation with the country’s indigenous
peoples, the President should develop, in consultation with them, a set
of relevant initiatives in accordance with paragraphs 87-92 above. As an
initial measure, the President should make the apology resolution
widely known among indigenous peoples and the public at large, in a way
that is appropriate to the sensitivities and aspirations of indigenous
peoples, and within a broader programme that contributes to public
education about indigenous peoples and the issues they face.
Congress should, in consultation with indigenous peoples, enact
legislative reforms or altogether new legislation as required to achieve
the reconciliation called for in its apology resolution of 2010.
Wooden Shoe People representative: Working to bring attention to the
non-binding apology to Native Americans on behalf of the citizens of
the United States that was included in the 2010 Department of Defense